Entries by Center Hill Sun

State Lawmakers Weighing TVA Open Meetings Resolution

The Tennessee General Assembly is considering a measure declaring its members “strongly support” that Congress mandate the Tennessee Valley Authority to henceforth make all the agency’s governing board and subcommittee meetings open to the public. The legislation in Washington is called the “Tennessee Valley Authority Transparency Act,” and is sponsored by U.S. Reps. Tim Burchett […]


Gov. Bill Lee’s State-of-the-State Address

Here is the text of Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s first state of the state speech delivered before a joint session of the Tennessee General Assembly: Lieutenant Governor McNally, Speaker Casada, Speaker Pro Tem Haile, Speaker Pro Tem Dunn, Members of the 111th General Assembly, Justices, Constitutional Officers, friends, guests, fellow Tennesseans: Tennessee’s voters and its […]

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A Little Something Extra Special

Flavor-making is the spice of life for Cookeville entrepreneurs Part of running a successful small business is knowing how to focus your energies where they’ll do the most good. For Putnam County taste-creators John and Amanda Brantley, that means concentrating on the two aspects of their business they love most — the making and the […]

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Building Underway on New Hotel at Fall Creek Falls

Crews are beginning to embark upon construction of the new lodge and restaurant at Tennessee’s most popular state park. Regional politicians and state government officials gathered this week at Fall Creek Falls for a ground-breaking ceremony at the lake construction zone at Fall Creek Falls. The planned new 98,000-square-foot will be built to “to reflect […]


Gov. Bill Lee’s Inaugural Address

Text of prepared inauguration speech delivered by Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Jan. 19, 2019: In 1796, a man and his young family began their homestead just up the way on the banks of the Cumberland River. That was the same year the great state of Tennessee was formed. 223 years and 50 governors later, we […]


State Lawmakers Mulling Gov’t Transparency Reforms

A special state legislative committee tasked with assessing government transparency in Tennessee appears to have concluded that tinkering with state’s public records statutes may be in order. Just how comprehensive a rewrite, and where exactly to start, remain unclear, though. Last week, House and Senate lawmakers serving on the Open Records Ad Hoc Committee concluded […]

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Center Hill Lake Turns 70

Bygone days and ways live in memories alone Standing atop Center Hill Dam or Hurricane Bridge today, it’s easy to forget that homestead activity and rural enterprise once flourished along the hillsides and throughout river bottom lands now submerged under the lake’s expansive waterline. But across Tennessee during the great federal dam-building decades of the […]


Restoration of Historic Rock Island Mill Considered

Fascinating history accompanies marvelous scenery around state park State agencies and local Warren County business and political leaders are analyzing the prospect of restoring a long-shuttered historical landmark that was once a hub of commerce and industrial activity. Built on the banks of the Caney Fork River in 1892, the Great Falls Cotton Mill operated […]

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Adventure Tourism Energizes Local Economy

McMinnville-Warren County looking to cash in on wealth of outdoor riches It’s almost always possible to imagine better living arrangements or conditions than one’s current circumstances. But recognizing that the grass isn’t really always greener somewhere else often enables a person not only to enjoy a more contented and fulfilling existence in present time and […]